Words for Wednesday


Camomile Tea

~ Katherine Mansfield

Outside the sky is light with stars; 
There's a hollow roaring from the sea.
And, alas! for the little almond flowers, 
The wind is shaking the almond tree.

How little I thought, a year ago, 
In the horrible cottage upon the Lee 
That he and I should be sitting so 
And sipping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feathers the witches fly, 
The horn of the moon is plain to see; 
By a firefly under a jonquil flower 
A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five, 
So snug, so compact, so wise are we! 
Under the kitchen-table leg 
My knee is pressing against his knee.

Our shutters are shut, the fire is low, 
The tap is dripping peacefully; 
The saucepan shadows on the wall 
Are black and round and plain to see.

Picture found here.


3 responses to “Words for Wednesday

  1. Hot basic black tea (skim milk and sugar, please) — usually Tetley or Ty-phoo is part of life — every single day — a pot in the morning — a pot in the afternoon and a last mug at night .

    Brewed with boiling water from an electric kettle and in a vintage English ceramic teapot (the ones covered with a aluminum felt-lined cozy) BTW — I really recommend tea cozies! ((even saying that term “tea cozy” is lovely!LOL!))

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked for “boiling water for the tea please” in American restaurants! 🙂

    And yes — a “choc bickie” (a chocolate covered biscuit or cookie) or two! Try dark-chocolate Digestive biscuits from England!

  2. Jan, I keep meaning to start knitting tea cozies.

  3. On Etsy — check out the teapot cozies made by “Ruperts House” in England — especially her Snail Cozy …….Lovely!

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